Lake Erie Monsters Fall to Toronto Marlies, 5-1

Monsters HockeyJohn Saraya / Lake Erie Monsters

MATCHUP

For the first of eight meetings between the two clubs this season, the Lake Erie Monsters (1-1-0-0) will hit the ice on the road against the defending North Division Champion Toronto Marlies (1-0-0-0) at Ricoh Coliseum this evening at 5:00 PM Eastern. The Monsters split their first two home games against Abbotsford, winning 3-2 last night in Cleveland. All of tonight’s action can be heard live on ESPN 850 WKNR.

LAST TIME OUT

Last night, the Monsters allowed the first goal to Abbotsford in the first minute, but answered with power play goals from Stefan Elliott and Brad Malone later in the first period. Elliott broke a 2-2 tie in the third period with the eventual game-winning goal, and Calvin Pickard stopped 29 shots- including a highlight-reel glove save with three seconds remaining- to help the Monsters to the two points a night ago. The Monsters were a perfect 8-8 on the penalty kill, and 2-7 on the power play in the game. Toronto is coming off a 4-3 overtime win at home yesterday afternoon over the defending Calder Cup Champion Grand Rapids Griffins.

WHO TO WATCH: MONSTERS

Brad Malone has goals in each of the Monsters first two games, and has shown a physical presence in all aspects of the game. Malone also picked up a fighting major in last night’s win over Abbotsford. The third-year forward out of North Dakota has played 22 NHL games for the Colorado Avalanche over the last two seasons.

WHO TO WATCH: MARLIES

Defenseman T.J. Brennan, a familiar face to the Monsters players and fans from his time with the Rochester Americans, is a proven offensive defenseman in the AHL. In the Marlies season-opener yesterday, Brennan factored into all four of Toronto’s goals, picking up a hat trick and adding an assist. 

TUNE IN

Listen live to all of this evening’s action from Toronto beginning at 5:00 PM on ESPN 850 WKNR, www.espncleveland.com, and www.ahllive.com with Doug Plagens on the play-by-play.


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